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Bird Blog:  February 20-26, 2005

February 26, 2005

Juvenile (first winter) Yellow-rumped Warbler, seems to be pregnant.  Apparent black stripe on head is a shadow. Juvenile (first winter) male of the same species, apparently the mate. Same male.  You can see the yellow spot on the crown starting to show. Previous female.  The black region on the crown is a shadow. Same female.  Note that there is no yellow on the crown.

February 25, 2005

Carolina Wren,  struggling with seed. Keeping one eye on the birdseed and the other on the apparent predator. OK, what's going on over there? Whatever was going on, this looked difficult. Next project: the suet. Processing a seed extracted from the suet.

 

More of the same.

 

Brown-headed Nuthatch, 2/25/05, in a tree, considering strategy. Same bird: suet is located. Looks a lot like a nuthatch from this angle.

February 24, 2005

Male Yellow-rumped Warbler, Durham, NC.  Males get yellow patches on their heads during breeding season: you can see one just getting started.  Also note the faint yellow patch under the wing. Same bird: note the two yellow patches.  Alas, the yellow rump isn't visible. Very skinny Brown-headed Nuthatch?, about to eat suet. Same bird. Tufted Titmouse, Durham, NC.  This species is more adept at eluding me than any another, but I caught up with the little rascal this time! Pine Warbler, Durham, NC.

February 22, 2005

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), Duke Gardens.   Same bird. Male Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythroplithalmus).  This bird was diligently scratching for insects and seeds at Duke Gardens, Durham, NC White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).  It was similarly occupied. Another visit from a female Northern Cardinal.  She was picking up seeds from the deck as usual, a courageous act in view of the persistently pouncing squirrels.

February 21, 2005

Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2/21/05.  This is the only time I've seen a bird of this species.

Copyright   2005  Dorothy E. Pugh
 

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